Hanhwa 6, Samsung 5
W - Ryu Hyeon-jin (5-5), L - Yoon Seong-hwan (3-4)
Hanhwa HR - Choi Jin-haeng (11) Samsung HR - None
The Hanhwa bullpen really tried to lose this one for the Eagles, but the Samsung offense just couldn't capitalize.
This was a close game until Hanhwa rallied for four runs in the fifth inning. Samsung starter Yoon Seong-hwan started giving up long fly balls. Yoon wasn't satisfied by giving up a couple of long doubles. He gave up a big fly to Hanhwa left fielder Choi Jin-haeng for a two-run homer before he got pulled. By the time the dust had settled, Hanhwa had a 5-2 lead.
Ryu Hyeon-jin was on the mound for the Eagles and a 5-2 lead is usually more than he needs. Ryu tossed seven innings(113 pitches, 67 strikes) of two-run baseball. Ryu gave up six hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Doosan 2, SK 1
W - Dustin Nippert (5-2), L - Kim Kwang-hyeon (2-4), S - Jeong Jae-hoon (3)
Doosan HR - Choi Joon-seok (7) SK HR - None
Doosan broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a two-run homer from first baseman Choi Joon-seok. SK cut the lead in half with a RBI ground out from pinch hitter Lim Hoon in the bottom of the fifth.
That was all the offense this ballgame would see.
Doosan starter Dustin Nippert threw 7 2/3 innings(107 pitches, 76 strikes) and only gave up the one run(unearned). Nippert allowed four hits and one hit batsman while striking out four. Relievers Lee Hye-cheon and Jeong Jae-hoon recorded the final four outs to end any chances of a SK come back.
SK starter Kim Kwang-hyeon tossed seven innings(102 pitches, 64 strikes) of two-run ball in a losing effort. Kim gave up three hit and two walks while striking out six.
Lotte 5, Nexen 2
W - Song Seung-joon (4-3), L - Park Seong-hoon (0-1), S - Kang Yeong-sik (1)
Lotte HR - None Nexen HR - Corey Aldridge (5)
The Lotte offense jumped all over Nexen starter Park Seong-hoon and rode a solid effort from starter Song Seung-joon to victory.
Lotte scored a two runs in the second inning thanks in part to an error by Park and a balk. Lotte picked up two more runs in the third with more traditional methods. catcher Kang Min-ho hit a RBI single and pinch hitter Park Jong-yoon drew a bases loaded walk.
Song threw 6 1/3 innings(103 pitches, 62 strikes) of two-run baseball. Song gave up four hits and three walks while striking out six. Reliever Kang Yeong-sik recorded the final eight outs to earn the save. Kang gave up zero baserunners while striking out three.
KIA 6, LG 1
W - Seo Jae-wong (2-5), L - Ben Jukich (4-2)
KIA HR - Lee Yong-gyu (2) LG HR - None
The Seo Jae-wong good luck tour continues! Seo couldn't catch a break for the first six weeks of the year. Every close call went the other way, every bloop hit fell in, every ground ball bounced away from fielders. It was terribly frustrating to watch. Seo is now a normal pitcher again.
Seo tossed 6 1/3 innings(92 pitches, 62 strikes) of one-run baseball. Seo gave up six hits, one walk and one hit batsman while striking out six.
KIA shortstop Kim Seon-bin put the Tigers on the scoreboard with a two-run single in the third inning and added an RBI single in the fifth. Kim went 3-4 with a steal, three RBIs and a run scored. Center fielder Lee Yeong-gyu went 2-4 with a homer, two runs scored and a RBI.